The International Cricket Council (ICC) has faced criticism from cricket fans for scheduling the Champions Trophy in England and Wales at this season of the year. With rain playing havoc and no reserve day, there is a real risk of deserving teams bowing out of the tournament.
As is standard practice, the very complicated Duckworth-Lewis method has already come into play in several rain-affected contests. Not just lovers but cricket captains too have a hard time figuring the complex math behind the rule.
The Indian team has already been part of two matches that have been decided by the D/L method. India beat New Zealand in their opening warm-up by 45 runs and then outclassed Pakistan by 124 runs in their first match of the Champions Trophy.
On Monday, as the Men in Blue attended Virat Kohli’s charity dinner, former India captain MS Dhoni was faced rather tricky questions about the Duckworth-Lewis method, however, handled it deftly and offered a hilarious reply.
According to the reports on Sportskeeda, Dhoni was asked, “You’ve been around cricket for a long time, so can I ask you a question, do you understand Duckworth-Lewis?”
The wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni said with a smile, “I don’t think even ICC understand the D/L method.”
When asked about the toughest bowler that he faced in the international cricket, Dhoni said “All the fast bowler are quite difficult, with the limited technique I had, it was very difficult to face the fast bowlers. Still, if I had to pick one, I would pick Shoaib Akhtar.”
“Very simple reason, he was quick, he was fast, he could bowl a Yorker, he could bowl a bouncer but you never expected a beamer (he chuckles), he was a bit unpredictable, he was fun to play against,” added Dhoni.